I just finished Godsgrave and…I absolutely freaking LOVED it. So, my apologies everyone, but this is a super biased review.
Author: Jay Kristoff
Publication: September 2017 – Harper Voyager
Assassin Mia Corvere has found her place among the Blades of Our Lady of Blessed Murder, but many in the Red Church ministry think she’s far from earned it. Plying her bloody trade in a backwater of the Republic, she’s no closer to ending Consul Scaeva and Cardinal Duomo, or avenging her familia. And after a deadly confrontation with an old enemy, Mia begins to suspect the motives of the Red Church itself.
When it’s announced that Scaeva and Duomo will be making a rare public appearance at the conclusion of the grand games in Godsgrave, Mia defies the Church and sells herself to a gladiatorial collegium for a chance to finally end them. Upon the sands of the arena, Mia finds new allies, bitter rivals, and more questions about her strange affinity for the shadows. But as conspiracies unfold within the collegium walls, and the body count rises, Mia will be forced to choose between loyalty and revenge, and uncover a secret that could change the very face of her world.
Set in the world of Nevernight, which Publishers Weekly called “absorbing in its complexity and bold in its bloodiness,” Godsgrave will continue to thrill and satisfy fantasy fans everywhere.
Where to start? Umm, oh yeah, I LOVE MIA CORVERE. Like, so fucking much. I love her attitude, I love her swearing and I love her inner turmoil between being good and bad. The funny thing about Mia is that she acts like a heartless bitch but she is so ridiculously far from that and I love that about her.
The banter between Mr Kindly and Eclipse was at time HILARIOUS. I actually laughed out loud quite a few times throughout the book because of the things they would say to each other, and it’s even funnier because they are a cat and dog which feels like part of the reason why they don’t like each other (which I highly doubt however).
The footnotes as always were awesome and funny. I actually enjoyed them more in Godsgrave than I did in Nevernight, maybe because I am more used to it now?? Maybe also because the footnotes were in more appropriate spots so I wasn’t having to refer to them halfway through a sentence or paragraph…
There were quite a few things in this book that had me raising my eyebrows. I don’t want to give anything away, but let’s just say that there were some sexual parts (**super swoony**) and ALOT of stabbiness…like, can I say more stabby than Nevernight? Yes, I definitely can.
I can’t really fault anything about this book. I fucking loved it from beginning to end and it has made me love my little assassin even more (if that was even possible). I absolutely CANNOT WAIT for the next book…I need answers, I need more stabbiness and I need more Mia.
Here I finish with one of my favourite quotes from Godsgrave:
“The heavens grant us only one life, but through books, we live a thousand”.
If you haven’t read Godsgrave yet, I IMPLORE you to do so immediately.